The complaint of a forged letter lodged by Congress leader Ajay Maken has led straight to his colleague, Jagdish Tytler. The Central Bureau of Investigation has chargesheeted jailed arms dealer Abhishek Verma and Mr Tytler. The duo have been charged with criminal conspiracy and attempt to cheat.
According to CBI officials, the agency got details of the case from a former American associate of Mr Verma, Edmund Allen. Mr Allen, who has made sensational revelations about Mr Verma and led to a number of investigations against him, sent CBI a letter which appeared to have been written by then minister Ajay Maken to the Prime Minister asking for help in sorting out visa issues of employees of Chinese telecom company, ZTE. The letter was found to be fake after which Mr Maken complained to CBI.
In its chargesheet, CBI says that the case goes back to 2009 when ZTE officials faced deportation because their visas were running out. They approached Mr Verma for help who entered into a deal worth half a million dollars to help the Chinese company. CBI says Mr Verma flaunted his links with Congress leaders and introduced them to Mr Tytler.
Mr Tytler has been implicated in the case because CBI says it is he who produced this fake letter and it was in his home that a meeting was held with representatives of the Chinese company. CBI sources also say that Mr Tytler’s son has been an associate of Mr Verma. But when contacted by NDTV, Mr Tytler said the charges were false. “When the CBI confronted me with Abhishek Verma, they found that I never had such meetings. My call records also proved the same. This is completely false,” he told NDTV.
The agency ruled out Mr Tytler’s arrest for now but he will have to appear in court which will decide further action.